Atlanta United did not start the season in a positive manner as they met a tough loss against DC United. They will now return at home for their next assignment, where they will host newcomers Cincinnati on Sunday. Cincinnati are also coming off a bad result in their first ever match for the MLS. They met a devastating loss to Seattle and will now look to avoid another disappointment.
Date/Time: 3-10-2019, 16:00 EST
Spread: Atlanta United -1.25
Total: 3.25 Goals
Atlanta United (0-1-0) met a really tough 0-2 loss on the road against DC United in the season opener. Their opponents were so much better in the first half and created a ton of chances. Atlanta United should be feeling lucky they only conceded once in the first half. But DC United doubled their goals in the second half and won by a comfortable 0-2. Atlanta United are currently in-between their matches for the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals. They just lost to Monterrey by 0-3 on the road in the first leg last Wednesday. And they have the second leg coming up next Wednesday.
Cincinnati (0-1-0) looked great when they started their season with an early goal. They were up against the Sounders in Seattle and scored their first ever MLS goal at the 13th minute with Bertone. But their joy quickly came to an end as the Sounders took over. They pulled even at the 27th minute and were already leading by two by the end of the first half. They even scored a fourth goal in the second half to give Cincinnati a bitter taste of the MLS. Cincinnati were quite promising on the road last season in the USL (11-1-5).
Atlanta United lost a key piece in Miguel Almiron, and the gap behind him is pretty hard to fill. The team clearly lacks creativity now and they are also tired. This will be their fourth match in a ten-day span and they have another one coming on Wednesday.
Cincinnati saw how it is to get complacent in the MLS when they conceded four after taking the lead. They will now be more careful in this one and I would like to see them play better defense. This could be a low-scoring match due to both teams being really careful.
MLS Atlanta United vs Cincinnati Prediction: Under 3.25 Goals (-121)
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